dcom server

Dell / DIMENSION 8400
January 20, 2010 at 23:01:55
Specs: Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition, 2.992 GHz / 1022 MB
About every 20-30 mins. I get this error message: "Windows must now restarte because the DCOM Server Process Launcher Service terminated unexpectedly." I can't get any type of productivity done on my computer. Any ideas?

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January 21, 2010 at 03:34:53
That error is usually a classic symptom of a malware infection. Even though you might have an anti-virus program installed, no single program can detect or stop every kind of infection, and the fact that you can only have one real-time av scanner installed at any one time does not help.

The link below is to a page put up by the Gateway computer company, but the procedures described apply to any make of PC getting that error:


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January 21, 2010 at 07:20:16
First do this...

Start -> Run -> type services.msc
Select "DCOM Server Process Launcher"
Right Click -> Properties
Change Startup type to Disabled
Click on Recovery Tab
Change all failures to Take No Action

Then like said above do a virus scan. I suggest...


P.S. I have not seen the Blaster Worm in almost a year. I thought we eradicated that virus. People need to stop opening attachments from emails they don't know.

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February 2, 2010 at 08:35:17
once I get into the dcom screen it will not let me disable so what next?

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February 5, 2010 at 22:37:10
mishelhoney, lots of 'nastys' are quite devoted to self preservation and block anything which might be a threat. FIRST disable restore so it doesn't get put back (create restore point & restart after cleaning). SECOND scan in safe mode. That'll bypass any safeguards it might have thrown up.
Ed in Texas.

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